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10/25/2018: Harmonization of fire protection equipment standards for towing vessels

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The Coast Guard posted a Federal Register notice that it is finalizing an interim final rule that applied the changes made by the 2016 final rule, “Harmonization of Standards for Fire Protection, Detection, and Extinguishing Equipment,” to inspected towing vessels. The interim final rule, published Feb. 26, 2018 in the Federal Register, aligned fire protection and equipment regulations for inspected towing vessels with other commercial vessel regulations. The Coast Guard received no comments on the interim rule.

This final rule is effective Nov. 26, 2018.

Documents are available in the public docket under docket USCG-2017-1060. Click on “Open Docket Folder” on the line associated with this rule.

View the Federal Register notice for more information, or contact Lt. Alexandra Miller with the Office of Design and Engineering Standards, Lifesaving and Fire Safety Division, at 202-372-1356 or Alexandra.S.Miller@uscg.mil.

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